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Ministers eye ways to beat mines planning rules

Wednesday 12 Jul 17 9:00am

Buller Plateau


THE GOVERNMENT has been looking at approving new coal mines by creating special economic zones bypassing usual planning rules, Forest & Bird says.

The environmental organisation has released papers it received under the Official Information Act that detail proposals to fast-track approvals for coal mines on conservation land and other “significant regionally led investments and developments”.

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